Giveaway: South Carolina game predictions

Did we have a game last week, or was it a bye week? The last thing I remember before reading the game recaps was we were up something like 42-0 at the half. Uh, 42-0? At the half? Now, granted, Eastern Michigan didn’t really strike fear into anyone going into the game. And, they WERE 0-6 heading into Fayetteville. But, really? 42 points in a half? I guess it was okay, seeing that they outscored the Razorbacks 27-21 in the second half. In fact, our defense was either schooled big time, or was just sleepwalking while Kyle McMahon (get this) put up career numbers against our Hogs secondary. It’s becoming way too commonplace for opposing QBs to set career highs against us. Blowout aside, Willy Robinson’s defense should’ve dominated a bit more in that third quarter and they didn’t. I’m still not believing in this secondary scheme, or, lack thereof.

Our secondary woes could wind up haunting us again this weekend when South Carolina comes into town. Coach Steve Spurrier has never been one that’s afraid of passing the ball. In fact, starting QB Stephen Garcia is putting up some decent numbers this season — 2,000+ yards, 12 TDs and only 5 INTs. The rest of the offense isn’t all that much to talk about. And it’s sounding like their defense is a bit depleted for this weekend’s game. But this is a game, again, that both teams need to win (as if there are games that teams don’t need to win, especially in our “great” BCS system). South Carolina is already bowl eligible, but only sit at 3-3 in conference with a game vs. Florida next week. The Hogs, well, let’s just say that Coach Bobby Petrino knows that this game is really important to post-season hopes. Sitting at 4-4 with 4 games left. We HAVE to win 2 more and it would be best to win 3. Tough tasking. I just really really really hope that our team is prepared like they should be and don’t come out flat like we did against Ole Miss.

We should have some help, though. Not only is the game in Fayetteville, but Joe Adams is back and hasn’t lost a step. Additionally, two of our DBs are back in the lineup after injuries and academic problems. They’ll be welcomed back with open arms — now only if they’ll use said arms to tackle people instead of just hitting them. South Carolina has been a Jekyll/Hyde team this year, we’re unsure of what team will show up. It’ll be up to the Hogs to make sure it doesn’t matter.

So let’s get to the score predicting. Sassy’s Red House has once again stepped up to provide the prize for our weekly score-predicting contest. Whoever is closest gets some delicious BBQ for their tailgate party.

How to enter

Leave a comment with your name, e-mail address and score prediction. If you want to add anything else, feel free.

What you’ll win

A tailgating package for four (4) from Sassy’s Red House. More info here.

The rules

Check the rules page for all the details. Here’s the basics:

  • You only may enter this specific contest once.
  • The winning entry must pick the winning team and have the smallest combined difference from each team’s final score. More info here.
  • You must pick the score by Saturday, November 7, at 11:05 am.

What’s gonna happen in this one, boys and girls?

Our predictions

Jonathan says: Spurrier takes his visor off in disgust 3 times. Count on it.
Arkansas 27, South Carolina 21
Bowl game outlook: By the time the Battle for the Boot rolls around, we’ll be bowl-eligible … I imagine we’ll play somewhere, but at this point I’m not sure where.

Todd says: I still can’t get over their mascot. I know it’s a little childish to say that and I know it’s supposed to be some kind of a mean rooster, but man, y’all gotta change that. Soon.
Arkansas 24, South Carolina 21
Bowl game outlook: Chic-fil-A Bowl or bust. Scratch that. Slim Chickin’s Bowl.

Trip says: South Carolina has a sweet defense, but they can’t score.  We have a sweet offense, but we can’t stop anybody.  How crazy!!!!!!!
Arkansas 36, South Carolina 33 (in overtime)
Bowl game outlook: Probably. Which one, though? I’d say the South Dakota Bowl where the winners get a one way ticket out of South Dakota.

Seth says: Sometimes the recycling guys don’t take things that are recyclable and it makes me spittin’ mad.
Arkansas 38, South Carolina 28
Bowl game outlook: Slim, but good. A win here should put us in good graces. I’m thinking the Independence Bowl vs. Kansas.

Dustin says: Remember the Auburn game? Hogs do more of that.
Arkansas 38, South Carolina 27
Bowl game outlook: Is there a Taco Salad bowl? There should be.

Thanks to Sassy’s Red House for sponsoring this contest. PIck up some BBQ on game day from their bulk menu. Go pick ’em!

Go Hogs!